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  1. Tried that for stripping... Even used both concentrations of acetone. Left the lures soaking in a glass jar over the weekend (tied down with a lead weight) so the lure was completely submerged.... didn't phase it at all. Short of manually sanding them down, I'm at a loss as to what to use.
  2. While that may be the case, most of my lures have been stored in a dry, dark enclosure for close to 20 years now. That lure in question however split within the first hour of using it right after I got it. The outer sealer/clear coat has cracked in several places and, in my opinion, was never done the right way to begin with. I know of other factory lures of the same style that have been left in the hot boat over the summer for years and years and have been dropped to over 250 feet and remain in perfect working order. So, while there is most likely moisture in certain grains of the wood, a properly sealed lure shouldn't have this trouble in the first place... That is what I'm hoping to avoid altogether by find a good lure maker that knows what they are doing to prevent any cracking at all.
  3. No worries, not complaining, just odd that nothing I've tried will remove it. Obviously some very well made clear coating!
  4. Just an update... I've tried 3 different types of Brake Fluid, left of one of the lures soaking for 2 days... NOTHING Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
  5. Interesting... wouldn't have thought of that but we'll give it a whirl and see. No worries there, all bodies are made from wood so should be safe.
  6. HillBilly: Agreed... construction is the *KEY*. That would certainly be the case, I don't know what the steps were for the creation of the lure, but EVERY SINGLE LURE I do have that was made, is failing in the same way. Hard to say what exactly needs to be done to make it "right", but clearly there's a lot of examples as to what's been done wrong. Side note maybe someone here can shed light on... I have a bunch of these plugs in 4 inch and they are made with patterns/colors that absolutely dont work at all. I've tried every paint remover and epoxy stripper I can find as well as industrial airplane paint remover and nothing works... like water off a duck's back, nothing touches it. Short of manually having to sand them with 150 grit sand paper... anyone have any suggestions for chemically getting rid of the sealer/clear coat that I could try? Thanks in advance... Kok
  7. I have a number of similar plugs that I troll at a depth twice that deep with no cracking issues like what's shown below
  8. Hillbilly....Agreed. I think it comes down to quality and craftsmanship and attention to detail along with proven quality products and application
  9. AZ South: No, they split along the body of the lure, and typically split the entire length of the lure. The edges typically aren't the first areas to go. It's along the main body and for some reason, always along the bottom of the lure
  10. Certainly understood and appreciate those that have responded here as well as through emails. Attached are two pictures of the pattern I'm looking to have replicated. Which, compared to most of the incredible works of real-fish art that are here on this site, VERY simplified and I would think (from an ignorant POV) should be very easy to replicate. The sealing is obviously a big issue as I've trolled a number of lures even at 60 feet for 20-30 minutes and they've already started to crack. The feedback thus far has been most interesting, and I'm hoping to find someone that can replicate it. One of the other biggest troubles with this apparently, outside of the sealer, is finding true WHITE glow paint rather than the blue-glow which seems to be the more commonly available color. I think I finally found a good source and have the powder in possession, however the last two lure makers that committed to doing this bailed and flaked out.
  11. Mr: Hillbilly... thank you for your response. The clear coat covering the paint is what has failed in previous attempts. The wood that the lure body is made from is in perfect working condition. Mr: AzSouth: The base of the body is solid, cured and dried white pine. Not Plastic. I have 100+ of these lures and fish them regularly down to well below 200 feet with no cracking issues.
  12. I am looking for someone familiarity to custom lure making that might be willing to do some custom lure painting/sealing? I can't seem to find anyone that does it correctly, but I have the bodies, pics of the pattern, the paint, and am just looking for someone to build a few lures that can be effectively trolled at 80-120 feet and not crack the first time out. If you think you could assist, please shoot me a PM. -Kok
  13. I have been looking for a good lure maker / painter who can paint a color scheme on some lures I have. I have the lure bodies and I have the paint, just need an expert to make it last for trolling at 80' down. Have spent the last 7 months in vain chasing down rabbit holes of empty promises and failed commitments. If you know of anyone that might be willing to do this type of thing, please let me know. THank you kindly in advance! -Kok Addict
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    Hello... Looking for anyone who's willing to paint some custom lures that will not crack when fished at or below 100 feet. I have the lure bodies ready and have the glow powders for the lures; just looking for an expert lure maker to duplicate an old pattern.
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